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Artist image site OpenAura partners with Getty, AP, and others: Why this is a big win for musicians

In some ways, technology has made it easier to be a musician. If you have something to sing, you can record it, upload it to Soundcloud or YouTube, and then pray someone discovers it. We see artists like Lorde become pop superstars through the savvy use of these platforms (and a ton of blind luck). In other ways, [...]

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Kaskade offers one half of ‘Dynasty’ in weekly music giveaway

Dancing Astronaut – house, electro, progressive, dubstep Following last week’s offering of Strobelight Seduction, next in line in Kaskade‘s weekly music giveaway is one half of his sixth studio album, Dynasty. Released in 2010, listeners are brought back to the days when Ryan most frequently worked with singers Haley, Mindy Gledhill and Dragonettes’ Martina Sorbara, who was [...]

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Why Hollywood is making it rain on the YouTube ecosystem and why it’s only beginning

After Dreamworks Animation acquired YouTube multi-channel network (MCN) AwesomenessTV, a prominent online video investor predicted to Pando that the category was ripe for consolidation and Hollywood M&A execs were beginning to lick their chops. That investor was Greycroft Ventures’ Mark Terbeek and his words at the time were, “I think [the space is] going to get [...]

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Turkish court defends free expression by lifting YouTube ban

Just one day after a ban on Twitter was lifted, a Turkish court has ruled that blocking access to YouTube violates human rights and that the service will be allowed back into the country. The court will allow the Turkish government to block access to 15 individual videos, however. The bans were first ordered by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip [...]

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Buick Regal GS and troupe of basketball dribblers make great beats

Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Buick The 166 videos posted by YouTube music video maestro Kurt Hugo Schneider have been watched almost half a billion times. When Coke wanted to do something musically inclined and a little different, it called KHS, and the result was the video Little Talks. Buick appears to be [...]

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Machinima’s new CEO digs in, lays out a plan to return the MCN to its former glory

With only one full day under his belt as Machinima’s new CEO, Chat Gutstein has a plan. The former COO of the Ovation cable network spent yesterday in meetings with his new team, mostly listening, he says, but also laying out a four-part playbook meant to allow the online video network to rebound from recent [...]

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Stream Ultra Music Festival 2014 Across the World via Webcast

The day is finally here! As hundreds of thousands of eager electronic music enthusiasts descend upon the streets of Miami, Florida for the marquee international live event known as Ultra Music Festival over the next three days, the event coordinators have continued to provided those who could not physically join the party with something special as they stream [...]

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With YouTube creators starving, FanBridge’s Channel Pages looks like a matchmaker sent by the video ad gods

You’d think with 1 billion unique visitors reaching YouTube each month and more than 6 billion hours of video consumed in aggregate that content creators would be making some serious bank. You’d be wrong. While there are exceptions to this statement, they’re few and far between. By and large, online video stars and channel owners [...]

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For LA, Maker Studios’ $950M exit couldn’t have come at a better time

If you’re anywhere near Los Angeles at the moment, you probably just heard a collective sigh of relief, followed by a raucous round of applause. Maker Studios, one of the region’s most highly publicized startups, was just acquired by Disney in a deal that could ultimately be valued as high as $950 million – the [...]

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Walking wounded: Machinima’s string of bad news continues with fresh layoffs

Machinima, the gamer-focused YouTube multi-channel network company, released a statement today announcing an internal restructuring that includes firing, or as they prefer to call it “releasing” 42 employees (just under a quarter of its remaining staff). The latest changes, which will be concentrated in the company’s sales department, follow two smaller layoffs of 22 and 23 employees respectively…

    



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Why Machinima’s Warner Brothers round could be a bridge to nowhere

When is raising a $10 million investment round a bad thing? When your company needs several times that amount to execute its business plan. This proverbial “bridge to nowhere” scenario is where embattled gamer-focused YouTube network Machinima finds itself this week. The company is reportedly in the final hours of closing a round from Warner Brothers. The problem is the…

    



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